Monday, 21 January 2008

Destinations: Bieszczady - Poland

The rolling, forested slopes and sub-Alpine pastures of the Bieszczady Mountains lie in the very south-east corner of Poland, and spill over into the Ukraine and Slovakia. This is a remote region, much of it a national park, and sparsely populated. Time seems to have stood still here and wildlife such as Brown Bear, Wolf and Lynx has found a refuge. There is even a herd of European Bison roaming the forests. From November to March the region is covered in snow and rather difficult to explore, a visit in spring or autumn is best. Birds include Black Stork, Lesser Spotted and Golden Eagles, Hazel Grouse, Ural and Pygmy Owls, Grey-headed, Eurasian Three-toed and White-backed Woodpeckers, Crested Tit, Collared and Red-breasted Flycatchers and Nutcracker. Bieszczady is 90km south-east of Sanok and is not viable on a day-trip from anywhere.

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